Chinese herbal medicine may be used as a primary therapy, or as a means to accentuate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. 


What are Chinese herbs?

The Chinese Materia Medica lists thousands of substances, including roots, stems, leaves, tubers, berries, flowers, seeds, shells, minerals, and some animal products.  Some of these are recognizable food items, such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and goji berries.  Others, such as ginseng, astragalus, and reishi mushrooms are becoming more well-known for their powerful healing properties. Other substances are more obscure or no longer used. 

What is a Chinese herbal formula?

Chinese herbal formulas are based on elegant pairings of herbs that work together to create a perfect harmony. A typical formula may have approximately a half a dozen to a dozen herbs in it to achieve this fine balance.  Unlike Western herbalism, in which one herb may be used alone, Chinese herbs are almost always taken as formulas, in which the herbs work synergistically to restore balance, repair tissue, and minimize unwanted side-effects.

Is the use of Chinese herbs ethical and safe?

Silver Lining Acupuncture does not utilize cruelly derived substances, harmful materials, or any products derived from endangered species. If you prefer not to ingest animal products, let us know and we will ensure that your herbal formula is vegetarian / vegan.

What is a consultation with a Chinese herbalist like?

The intake process for acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine is very similar, as both modalities are based on identifying and treating the underlying pattern responsible for symptom production. The first appointment consists of a thorough intake that lasts about 30 minutes. This will include taking your history, listening to your concerns, and answering your questions, as well as formulating a comprehensive mind-body-spirit assessment and diagnosis. Follow-up appointments include a brief intake and reassessment to determine any necessary changes.

How do I take Chinese herbs?

An herbal prescription may consist of raw herbs (which are then cooked at home and made into a tea), concentrated granule formulas (which are mixed into a tea), granule capsules, or manufactured 'patent' teapills. We will help you decide which format is right for you.

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